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Boat People, Oil on Canvas 57" x 98" 1993
this painting, the ship on the left is Columbus's boat people
and the ship to the right is Haitian boat people both coming
to America traveling over the same shark-infested waters. The
work shows one arrival that America feels was acceptable and
another that is questionable. On the left, one see symbols
of civilization, a dollar sign, the torch of liberty and a
reversed number one- the reversal it is a question whether
the boats are arriving for freedom or money. The bottom half
of this painting represents the Haitians who were turned away and sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
we all were once boat people.
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